American Flag Leek Seeds

Heirloom

#0205
This packet sows up to 47 feet.
Availability: In Stock
Europeans have savored the delicious flavor of leeks for centuries. Gaining popularity with gourmets and cooks in the U.S., this onion relative has compact stems that thicken but do not form bulbs like onions. The appealing white stems have a creamy yellow heart. Leeks are cold tolerant to 20°F and can be left in the garden into fall for an extended harvest. Also called Giant Musselburgh.
$1.89 1 gram

Botanical Name: Allium ampeloprasum

Days to Maturity: 120–155 days

Family: Alliaceae

Native: Eastern Mediterranean region

Hardiness: Biennial grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 15"–18" tall

Variety Information: The leek plant resembles a long, fat scallion. The white, lower portion has a mild, sweet onion flavor while the green tops are stronger tasting.

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date for late summer harvest, late spring for fall harvest, and in Mild Climates, late summer for the following spring harvest. Soil temperature should be at least 40°F, ideally 60°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 7–14 days

Seed Depth: ¼

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6"

Row Spacing: 12"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 6"

Harvesting: Harvest leeks when tops are 15"–18" tall, and shanks are at least 1" in diameter. Use a garden fork to gently lift and loosen soil under the leeks, and then pull them up by hand. Leeks tolerate temperatures as low as 20°F, and can therefore be harvested even after a few freezes, which enhances flavor.

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